Center City West

Riverwalk south and north in the Philadelphia skyline from a garage looking east. Photo by Thomas Koloski

Riverwalk South Tower Receives Cladding in Center City West

The tower at Riverwalk South at 60 North 23rd Street is approaching its full height of 362 feet, while installation of the glass and metal cladding has commenced. Designed by Gensler and developed by PMC Property Group, the Riverwalk complex will bring 711 new residential units to the neighborhood, with the south tower holding 380 apartments. The south tower now rises 21 stories above ground, with just 11 floors left to the roof, as concrete work has been progressing faster as the weather gets warmer. Center City West will see a great skyline boost once the 32-story concrete structure rises to its pinnacle.

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Rendering of the tower via Tantillo Architecture.

YIMBY Presents Exclusive Concept Massings for 2300-24 Market Street in Center City West

Today Philadelphia YIMBY presents exclusive new massings for the recently revealed residential building at 2300-24 Market Street in Center City West. Designed by Tantillo Architecture and developed by Lubert-Adler, the project, which was revealed over a week ago, will add extra floors to a number of existing structures, further boosting the skyline in an area where a number of projects were revealed over the course of the past year. In total, the building will stand 202 feet tall, or 187 feet tall to the roof, and count 14 stories, including those in the existing buildings. According to the Civic Design Review filing, the structure wills pan 213,268 square feet and will house 222 residential units.

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Rendering of 2300-24 Market Street via Tantillo Architecture.

222-Unit Tower Revealed at 2300-24 Market Street in Center City West

A 14-story high-rise has been unveiled at 2300-24 Market Street in Center City West. A new tower will rise as a vertical extension atop multiple preexisting structures, which will have their façades preserved. Designed by Tantillo Architecture and developed by Lubert-Adler, the project will add 200 new residential units in the overbuild to the 22 units in the existing buildings. A total of 173,218 square feet of residential space will take up the majority of the structure, as well as 39,855 square feet of office space and 12,048 square feet of space reserved for a future retail or restaurant tenant. The tower will stand around 187 feet tall to the roof, as shown on its Civic Design Review submission. Eight on-site parking spaces and 52 off-site parking spaces will also be included in the project.

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Broad Street Station with City Hall. Photo from City of Philadelphia, Department of Records

A Look Back at “the Chinese Wall,” an Elevated Viaduct that Once Ran Through Center City

In the late 1800’s, ten city blocks in Center City were converted into an elevated railroad spur that serviced multiple rail lines, connected to the Broad Street Station just to the west of City Hall, near the current space Dilworth Park. A massive train shed stood behind the station, rising multiple stories tall and prominent from many directions. Designed by the Wilson Brothers, the project was developed by the Pennsylvania Railroad and was completed on December 5, 1881. The centerpiece was a five-story Victorian Gothic headhouse facing City Hall.

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Mandeville Place rendering. Image via Richard Meier and Partners Architects

Revisiting Mandeville Place, a 607-Foot-Tall High-Rise Once Proposed at 2401 Walnut Street in Center City West

Philly YIMBY’s “unbuilt” series continues with Mandeville Place, a slender, 607-foot-tall high-rise proposed at 2401 Walnut Street in Center City West in the mid-2000s. Designed by Richard Meier & Partners Architects and developed by Bedrock Group LLC, the 43-story skyscraper would have joined an existing eight-story building to the south, which would have been converted into hotel space. A shared amenity rooftop was planned between the two structures. The tower would have featured 45 condominium units that would have offered dramatic views of the skyline.

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